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The Shell Alumni Association of Greater Houston (SAAGH) is a non-profit organization that promotes fellowship and volunteerism among Shell pensioners and maintains a connection between Shell and its pensioners. SAAGH’s
mission is to be a vibrant, attractive and relevant organization for
Shell pensioners by providing events, activities and services that
appeal to a wide range of interests, and keep people connected to each
other while having fun doing it.
2021 SAAGH Board of Directors
Steve Paul was re-elected
President of the Shell Alumni Association of Greater Houston for 2021 at
the September Board meeting. Many thanks to Steve and to the other
returning Officers and Directors who provided outstanding
leadership for SAAGH during the very difficult challenges in
2020. Last year, we welcomed David Dudek, Carolyn
Yapp and Forrest Bjerkaas as new Directors on the Board. Their
contributions were immediate and most welcome. For a
current listing of all the SAAGH Officers and Directors for
2021, CLICK HERE.
2021 calendar of
events is a challenge with the pandemic continuing to limit
opportunities. We are working on some excellent ideas and will update
this page and the Events calendar as they
become finalized. We will also strive to continue our faciliation and
participation in Shell sponsored volunteer events to the extent these
are available in 2021. These projects will be posted as they
become available and can be found by clicking the Volunteer Projects
link on the left.
| Shell Benefits Site
The SAAGH Board would like to call attention to the
Benefits page on the Shell Alumni U.S. website.
This is the site for retirees with various question on
benefits to submit those questions and concerns to the
appropriate parties. Healthcare is an utmost concern
at the current time with COVID-19.
| UPCOMING EVENTS
Spring Golf Tournament
The Spring Golf Tournament is planned for Tuesday,
April 20th at Cypresswood Golf Club - Traditions
Course. Additional information and registration
can be found
MFAH Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature Exhibit
your fellow alumni on Wednesday, May 5th for a self-guided tour of the
of Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature.
artists, separated in time and space, are united by a
shared fascination with nature. See the work of David
Hockney and Vincent van Gogh side-by-side. This
exhibition examines the common ground between British
artist Hockney (born 1937) and Dutch artist Van Gogh
(1853–1890). Both expressed their profound love of
nature through brilliant color and the capacity to see
the world with fresh eyes. You can either attend
the 11:15 a.m. tour
or the 11:45 a.m.
RECENT PAST EVENTS IN 2021 and 2020
COVID-19 Update from Marvin Odum
On March 31st, Marvin Odum returned to provide about
150 participants with an update on how the City of
Houston and local leaders are addressing the
continuing challenges presented by COVID-19. He
answered many questions submitted prior to the
Orange Show Tour
On Saturday, March 27th, SAAGH members visited the
Orange Show's incredible visionary art sites with
tours led by docents. The tours sites included
The Orange Show grounds and museum and the eye-popping
Beer Can House.
Central Market Cooking Classes
Three Central Market Cooking Classes
were held on February 25th, March 4th and March
The SECURE Act: Rethink Your Retirement and Estate
Thursday, February 25th, Stavis and Cohen Financial
presented an exclusive Big Ideas Series webinar to
SAAGH members on The SECURE Act. Confused About Senior Living? Learn What You Need to Know
Wednesday, March 3rd, a webinar featuring Brad
Breeding of myLifeSite.net
shared valuable insights on senior living, long-term
care and finances to help simplify this complex decision
process. You can view the slides presented by clicking
Discussion on Houston's Human Trafficking Problem
On January 14, 2021, SAAGH members attended a webinar on Houston's human trafficking problem This
event featured Patricia Holmes, author of Searching for Pilar and
Minal Patel Davis,
Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking for the
City of Houston. Patricia discussed her
motivation for writing this story set in Houston.
Minal discussed Houston's efforts to eliminate human
trafficking and how Houston is viewed as a leader in
reducing human trafficking.
COVID-19 Update from Marvin
On December 16th, 165 members attended a Webinar
featuring Marvin Odum, former Shell Oil Company President and Upstream Director
of Royal Dutch Shell's subsidiary companies in the Americas. Marvin provided an update on
how the City of Houston and local leaders are addressing the
continuing challenges presented by COVID-19.
| Post Election Webinar - Presented by Stavis and Cohen
On November 18th, 57 members accepted an
invitation from Stavis and Cohen Financial to attend a Post
Election Webinar. The webinar featured Jason
Trennert, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Strategas Research Partners who discussed
the potential effects of the election on the investment
| Mind Body Seminar
20th, 19 participants learned from Dr. Manizeh Mirza-Gruber, a
certified mind-body skills facilitator, the physiology of
the mind-body connection and practiced several evidence
based skills that reduce stress and anxiety and support
health and vitality in mind, body and spirit.
| Fall Golf Tournament
On October 13th, 100 players participated in another great
SAAGH golf tournament. Congratulations to all!
Under these circumstances all of you are winners!. The
tournament was different, of course, with the limitations of
COVID-19, so a special thanks to each player for showing
your concerns for fellow players by wearing masks and
socially distancing. Well done! Looking forward
to Spring 2021 tournament!
| Painted Churches Tour (pictures)
On October 10th 30 adventurous alumni made the trip to Schulenburg for a socially-distanced
tour of four beautiful painted churches, paired with an outdoor brownbag lunch.
We had an excellent local tour guide and learned a lot while enjoying a nice
| Annual Fall Luncheon
September 29th, over 200 alumni
attended the Annual Fall Luncheon. The SAAGH president,
Steve Paul, provided an update followed by a short
presentation from Gretchen Watkins.
| Recent Changes in the Oil & Gas Sector
On Wednesay, August 5th, over 150 SAAGH members and spouses
attended the Recent Changes in the Oil and Gas Sector
including the Impact of COVID-19 presented by Katie
Cottingim, VP of Investor Relations. A recording of the
webinar is available until August 19th. Click
to access the recording.
| Houston COVID-19 Update
On Wednesay, July 15th, over 150 SAAGH members and spouses
attended the Houston COVID-19 Update provided by Marvin
| Financial Seminars
On Tuesday, June 9th, Nick
Johnson of Willis Johnson and Associates presented Financial
Planning Strategies During the Corona Virus.
June 18th, Deborah Stavis of Stavis & Cohen Financial
presented Post Pandemic Estate Planning - The New Playbook.
| Spring Member Luncheon - March 11th
Our annual spring luncheon on March 11th at the beautiful
Junior League of Houston was enjoyed by all attendees.
Khambrel Marshall, Meteorologist and Member of the KPRC 2
Severe Weather Team and host of Houston Newsmakers, gave an
inspiring insight to his life, career, love of the
Houston area and his personal outreach in making Houston a
better place for others. Khambrel is a very approachable,
kind and entertaining individual that spent time visiting &
talking with many of the luncheon attendees. John Bowser,
Linda Durant, Jose Solano and Carolyn Yapp were the
organizers. Thank you!
| Spring Cooking Class - March 9th (pictures)
Another sold out Central Market
cooking event was held on March 9 where participants
explored an Italian Trattoria menu. A trattoria is a casual
Italian eatery where the menus are written on a chalkboard,
the food is served family-style, and service is casual. The
group learned how to make
Italian favorites and create
trattoria-style meals at home. Thanks to Steve Paul, SAAGH
and Carolyn Yapp, SAAGH Director, for
The Green Book at Ensemble Theatre - February 15th (pictures)
The Ensemble Theatre's adaptaion and performance of "The
Green Book" that was inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s
historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the setting
takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating
the arrival of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois for a lecture. The
appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish
Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events showing that
racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. This play is an
investigation of the impact of Civil Rights on contemporary
| Norman Rockwell Exhibit at MFAH - January 28th (pictures)
American Freedom is the first comprehensive exhibition
devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of the Four
Freedoms outlined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Freedom of
Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom
from Want. The presentation explores how Rockwell’s 1943
paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans.
These works of art provided crucial aid to the war effort
and took their place among the most indelible images in the
history of American art.
| 2017 (Mostly) Cru Classe' Bordeaux Tasting - January
In the elegant
Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel, we joined a spectatular tasting
arranged by Spec's at which some French chateau owners, directors and
wine makers presented approximately 60 mostly Cru Classe' wines, all
from the fine 2017 vintage. This was our eighth year to join this
popular event which is an amazing value and special opportunity to enjoy
these well-known and highly regarded wines.